September 2013 Mayor’s Question Time answers

Below are the answers to written questions submitted to the Mayor by Joanne in September 2013.

Use of Schedule 7
Question No: 2985 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Do you have any concerns about the Metropolitan Police’s use of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000?

Written response from the Mayor
I have absolute confidence in the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police for operational matters, including the use of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

It is an element of both the strategy of the MPS and indeed the nation as a whole in protecting the UK from the threat of terrorism.

I have discussed this issue with the Commissioner but I am not prepared to comment on an individual case [Miranda] which forms part of an ongoing investigation.

I am not prepared to speculate on the rights or wrongs of the particular stop that took place at Heathrow – which as you know is being reviewed by the Government’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.

The use of Schedule 7 Terrorism Act 2000 in this case is subject to two separate reviews; the first by David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, and the second the Judicial Review on the application of David Miranda.

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Transfers out of the MPS to other forces
Question No: 3121 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown by year since 2008/9 the number of transfers out of the MPS to other police forces in the UK. Please list the rank of the officers and which force they have transferred to.

Written response from the Mayor
The information provided in the attached table has 211 officers over 4 years whose transferring destination is known. Additionally, each year there is a ‘not recorded’ row with about 261 officers over 4 years whose destination is not known.

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Police Contact Points (1)
Question No: 3122 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In January 2013 I asked you what equipment would be available at your new police contact points (eg police computer, IT links etc) and what the cost of providing and installing any such equipment would be. You did not answer. Now that contact points are being rolled out across the London Boroughs can you tell Londoners what equipment will be available and what the cost of providing and installing the equipment is? *

Written response from the Mayor
Contact Points are locations for non-urgent face-to-face contact, where the public meet their local police at regular, known times. The nature of the services offered at these is such that no specialist equipment is required and no expenditure has been made in providing IT equipment at these contact points over and above existing IT infrastructure that may already be in place.

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Police Contact Points (2)
Question No: 3123 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In your new contact points that are being rolled out across London Will your new police contact points have a private space where victims can report details of crime in a private and confidential manner?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Police Contact Points (3)
Question No: 3124 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many of your police contact points will be staffed either wholly or in part by volunteers?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Contact points
Question No: 3125 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In the interests of transparency please list all of the contact points that have been agreed across London, broken down by Borough in one searchable document.

Written response from the Mayor
Details of all contact points are published on a borough by borough basis at: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/policing-crime/mission-priorities/police-and-crime-plan enabling Londoners to easily access details of their local contact points.

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MPS Special Constables
Question No: 3126 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you provide a breakdown of the amount of hours per month worked by special constables across the Metropolitan Police Service since November 2012?

Written response from the Mayor
A breakdown of the amount of hours per month worked by Special Constables since November 2012 is shown below.

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Police Front Counters in Post Offices
Question No: 3127 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

You have previously stated (Question No: 344 / 2013) that the model of police front counters in post offices would be piloted in July 2013. Is this pilot underway? If not, when do you expect this pilot to take place?

Written response from the Mayor
MOPAC continues to actively engage with the Post Office on piloting front counter and other transactional services and a pilot is expected to commence once all parties agree a start date.

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Third Party Payments for Police Officers
Question No: 3128 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police officers are currently paid for by third parties? Please provide a breakdown of these third parties and the number of police officers they support. Please also provide details of when these contracts are expiring and any details of whether any third party is seeking to reduce its future funding.

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Third Party Payments for PCSOs
Question No: 3129 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many PCSOs are currently paid for by third parties? Please provide a breakdown of these third parties and the number of police officers they support. Please also provide details of when these contracts are expiring and any details of whether any third party is seeking to reduce its future funding.

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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MOPAC Properties
Question No: 3130 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

I recently asked you about the 10 properties in the MOPAC Estate that are set aside for the use of ACPO officers. These properties were valued at 2.34million in 2011/12. Have these properties specifically been prioritised for savings in your Estates Strategy? Please provide the details.

Written response from the Mayor
There are 8 properties in the MOPAC Estate that are set aside for the use of ACPO Officers.

The 8 properties are in two of the blocks of flats held by MOPAC as part of their residential estate.

As part of the 2013/16 MOPAC/MPS Estates Strategy the residential estate will be reduced from the 831 properties currently owned to a maximum of 200 individual properties. These will be retained for operational and welfare needs and will include the 8 properties currently set aside for the use of ACPO Officers.

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Recruitment
Question No: 3131 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

At the recent London Assembly Plenary you stated “We need, I think, [to recruit] the thick end of 5,000 officers and we want them to be Londoners. There is a huge opportunity for Londoners to get jobs in our police service. There are many people who want to serve in the police. They should prick up their ears, get online and look at the opportunities.”

How many applicants have so far passed the Certificate of Knowledge of Policing?

Written response from the Mayor
I can confirm that during the recent recruitment campaign, 146 candidates have indicated that they hold the CKP or the Police Law Certificate and 881 candidates have indicated that they are currently undertaking the CKP.

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Pan-London investigative units
Question No: 3132 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In answer to Mayor’s questions 360-362/2013 you said “All pan-London investigative units and their areas of responsibility are being reviewed under the “Met Change” programme. Once plans have been outlined, I will be in a position to share these.”

In answer to question 585 / 2013 you said that “Detailed proposals of the “Met Change” programme will be ready by July 2013.”

Will you now share the details of Met Change specifically detailing the Changes made to the Pan-London investigative units?

Written response from the Mayor
Work under the Pan London strand of the MPS change program continues and all strands of the work, including investigative units are being developed. Until plans are finalised it would not be appropriate to publish them.

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Cost of becoming a police officer (2)
Question No: 3133 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

To follow on from question 2544 / 2013 on average how much does it cost the MPS to train a new recruit to become a fully qualified police officer including wages, uniform, accommodation, equipment etc?

Written response from the Mayor
On average to become a fully qualified police officer it costs £15,422 to train a PCSO, £12,000 for a Special Constable and £16,188 for an external recruit.

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MOPAC Diversity Taskforce
Question No: 3134 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide the details of the parameters of the taskforce that you have asked Ray Lewis to form “to develop sustainable and creative initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of MPS police officers.”

Please specifically refer to

• What you envisage the membership of the taskforce to be?

• When you envisage that the taskforce will be operational?

• What issues you envisage the the taskforce will look at?

• How often is it envisaged that the taskforce will meet?

And include any other details you deem relevant to Londoners at this stage.


Written response from the Mayor
The remit of the Taskforce is to:

  • Advise and inform the positive action initiatives being developed by the MPS;
  • Work with the MPS to understand why some communities are under-represented and identify the barriers to entry;
  • Establish a programme of work to ensure the MPS can reach those communities and seek to address the issues identified;
  • Actively engage as ambassadors for MOPAC within London’s diverse communities; and
  • Propose further options for increasing interest in the MPS as a viable career option amongst every community of Londoners.

The membership of the Taskforce consists of the:

  • Ray Lewis, Mayor’s senior advisor on mentoring;
  • Sonia Brown, Chair of the National Black Women’s Network;
  • Richard Tyre, Founder and CEO of Good People;
  • Iqbal Wahhab, Founder of Roast and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce;
  • Shaun Bailey, Government’s Communities and Youth Engagement Champion;

The taskforce is engaging widely and bringing in external advice and support as necessary.

The taskforce is supported by:

  • Deputy Director of MPS HR; and
  • MOPAC Head Strategy and Corporate Planning.

The Taskforce became operational on 25th July 2013 and has so far met three times. The frequency of the meetings is determined by the work programme.

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Unanswered Questions from July
Question No: 3135 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please answer the following questions- which I put to you in July:

Contact Points (2)

What is the cost to the MPS so far of the contact points that have been agreed across London?

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Contact Points (3)

You have stated that “the individual cost of contact points is dependent on a number of factors and will vary from location to location”. Please list the individual costs of the Contact Points agreed so far.

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Cost of becoming a police officer (1)

What is the estimated cost to a candidate to become a fully qualified Police Constable? Please provide a breakdown of how you arrive at this estimate.

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Cycling provision in Tottenham (1)
Question No: 3136 / 20130
Joanne McCartney

I am sure that you will agree that we need to do all we can to encourage cycling in the capital by making this form of transportation easier and safer for Londoners. To make sure that Tottenham gets the most out of the current regeneration plans; what are you doing to ensure that that there will be sufficient and well thought out cycling provision for those travelling by bike in Tottenham?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Cycling provision in Tottenham (2)
Question No: 3137 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

A constituent has contacted me with some suggestions for a cycle hub near White Hart Lane Station as it has an abundance of vacant railway arches and adjacent land controlled by Network Rail. The constituent believes that a cycling hub in this location offers excellent connections to the Victoria Line and to Liverpool Street. This cycling provision would be available for commuters, Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium users and residents, and people could continue their journey on public transport. Would you be able to look into this suggestion please?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Benefit changes in London (1)
Question No: 3138 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Further to Questions 1587/2013 and 1120/2013, would you be able to tell me the breakdown of monies allocated to each London Borough from the £25 million concessionary measures you won to ease the transitional period of welfare reform in 2012/13?

Written response from the Mayor
Allocation of this or any Discretional Housing Payment funding is made by the Government directly to London boroughs rather than by me, therefore the detail of individual allocations is held by the Government.

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Benefit changes in London (2)
Question No: 3139 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you tell me how many Londoners you have assisted with your £25 million concessionary measures, by breakdown of London Borough and how this money was used to help struggling Londoners?

Written response from the Mayor
This funding was allocated directly from Government to boroughs, not by me. Individual boroughs will hold detail on its use.

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Benefit changes in London (3)
Question No: 3140 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Further to Question 1120/2013, how many Londoners have been exempt from the benefit cap since losing their job in London, and in Enfield and Haringey?

Written response from the Mayor
This information is not held by the GLA.

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Benefit cap and relocation
Question No: 3141 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In the first two months after the benefit cap was introduced in Enfield, 15 families with 46 children were moved out of London and the Enfield Council estimate that 2,700 families, including 4,000 children are currently financially worse off as a result of the Government’s changes to housing benefit. Do you think this is acceptable? What are you doing to ensure that more people are not forced to relocate out of London as a result of the benefit cap?

Written response from the Mayor
I have secured significant increases in funding for Discretionary Housing Payments to enable local authorities to support vulnerable households affected by the cap, including those whose children are at a critical stage of their education. The pot provided £25 million for London boroughs in 2012/13, and an expected £115 million over the next two years. I have also secured incentives for landlords to reduce their rents, exemption from the shared accommodation rules for formerly homeless people and a grace period from the total benefit cap for people who lose their jobs.

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Benefit changes in Enfield and Haringey
Question No: 3142 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Further to Question 0991/2013, can you provide me with an update on your monitoring of the benefit changes in Enfield and Haringey, your regular discussions with the Department for Work and Pensions, and tell me what information you are monitoring?

Written response from the Mayor
My officers monitor a range of information including trends in statutory homelessness and housing benefit caseloads – information that is publicly available. Officers also attend regular meetings with the boroughs and with DWP at which welfare reform is discussed.

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Citizens Advice Bureau Haringey
Question No: 3143 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

The Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) in Haringey have seen a 50 per cent increase in people seeking help and advice, with the two CAB offices helping 2,304 people seeking advice on benefits and debt problems in the three months to June – 726 more than the same period last year. Haringey CAB believes this is a direct result of the implementation of the benefit cap. Do you agree that the benefit cap is adversely affecting Londoners?

Written response from the Mayor
I welcome the fact that the overall benefit cap exempts those who work enough hours to qualify for Working Tax Credit, those who are above the qualifying age for Pension Credit and those who get certain benefits for sickness or disability or a war pension. Discretionary Housing Payments also allows local authorities to support vulnerable households who may be impacted by the cap.

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Youth stereotyping
Question No: 3144 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Positive Youth News in Haringey have been working hard to change the negative stereotypes often attributed to young people by the media and society, this particularly affected Haringey after the riots in 2011. Haringey’s Borough Commander let young people take over his diary last month and is working to change these perceptions. What are you doing as Mayor to challenge the stereotyping of young people?

Written response from the Mayor
My Peer Outreach Team is currently engaged in and leading on nearly thirty, pan-London projects, all of which aim to effect change and challenge the negative stereotypes that some people have about young people. On a regular basis, the Team engages with and works alongside varied projects and programmes that provide services to young people. These include the Youth offending Team, Youth Entrepreneurship, media and promotional activities in the Borough of Haringey. Several Peer Outreach Team members are Haringey residents who currently volunteer on other projects within their Borough and across London.

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639 High Road, Tottenham Enterprise Hub
Question No: 3145 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Since 639 opened earlier this year, how many people has the Enterprise Centre provided assistance to? Please give details of the nature of the assistance offered.

Written response from the Mayor
The 639 Tottenham High Road Enterprise Centre was officially launched by me on 8 May 2013. The figures below are as of August 2013.

The 639 Enterprise centre is over 70 per cent occupied. There are currently 21 new businesses operating out of 639 (all different sizes) along with 7 business partners.

164 people have received some form of business start-up support at 639 (70 have received this support from partners).

The type of support is tailored to the person or business receiving the support. In general it consists of; advice on preparing business plans; how to secure finance, how to run a small business, guidance on tax, vat etc… IT support, preparing your CV, filling out job application forms. These people are offered a small Shared Desk space at a significantly reduced rental level to help plan their business start-up.

The London Youth Support Trust (the operator) along the 7 business partners run a series of training and networking events from the 639 building. These events take place on a regular basis and are open to anyone to attend both for 639 businesses and the wider area.

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme Haringey
Question No: 3146 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Following on from Question 2563/2013, can you provide me with the validated figures for the first quarter of this financial year of the number of young boys referred to the Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme in Haringey?

Written response from the Mayor
In Quarter 1 of FY 13-14 (April – June) 61 boys were referred to my Mentoring Programme in Haringey, bringing the cumulative total of boys referred to the programme in that Borough to 112.

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme
Question No: 3147 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Following on from Questions 2563/2013 and 2561/2013, can you provide me with the validated figures for the first quarter of this financial year of the number of

1. Young boys referred to the Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme?
2. Mentors trained and ready for pairing?
3. The number of successful matches?

Written response from the Mayor
In Quarter 1 of FY 13-14 (April – June) there were:

  • 283 Young boys were referred to the Mayor’s Mentoring Programme;
  • 328 mentors were trained, vetted and are ready to be matched; and
  • 160 new matches were created.

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme (2)
Question No: 3148 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How else are you measuring and monitoring the success of the scheme other than by meeting your target of 1000 matched relationships?

Written response from the Mayor
Through the MMP evaluation a qualitative analysis will be undertaken which will involve gathering data from mentors, mentees, parents/guardians and schools about the impact  the mentoring relationship has had on both soft (confidence, social skills, emotional resilience and hard (reduction in anti-social behaviour, improved behaviour in school) outcomes for the mentee.

In addition, the benefits to the volunteer mentors will also be captured and analysed.

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme (3)
Question No: 3149 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

The update on the scheme notes that Ray Lewis, Mayoral Advisor on Mentoring, is leading a mentor recruitment drive through a series of events with local delivery partners. Can you provide me with a complete list of the events that have taken place, the outcome of the events, and how many of these Ray Lewis attended?

Written response from the Mayor
Ray Lewis has hosted several events both at City Hall and at local delivery partners’ venues, details of which are below.

  • MMP Event at City Hall, Thursday 14 March 2013 (Attendance 40)
  • Brent Event Saturday, 13 April 2013 (Attendance 200)
  • MMP Event at City Hall Friday, 10 May  2013 (Attendance 100)
  • Soul Project Walthamstow Wednesday, 15 May 2013  (Attendance 30)
  • Mentoring Recruitment Event Southwark , Saturday 13 July (Attendance 45)

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme (4)
Question No: 3150 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

The figures in the update on the scheme show that the number of referrals, mentors and matches are behind target. What measures will you take to ensure your targets are met if the figures in future quarters show that the scheme is still behind target?

Written response from the Mayor
While the Q1 targets were not met for mentees and matches, the target for volunteer mentors was exceeded. The GLA project staff and the managing agent for the programme work closely with each local delivery partner to meet their specific delivery needs with bespoke support.

LDPs are also offered tailored support to encourage recruitment, whether it is marketing advice on how to attract volunteers and better promote the programme or facilitating introductions to schools or community organisations to support the recruitment of mentors and mentees.

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Mayor’s Mentoring Scheme (5)
Question No: 3151 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you provide me with the figures on referrals, mentors and matches for the second quarter of the mentoring scheme?

Written response from the Mayor
Quarter two figures (July to September) are not yet available. Confirmed numbers will be available in November.

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